Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Sarah Kate Wilson


Autonomous vehicles are currently self contained. However, we are coming to an age where there will be so many smart vehicles on the road, they will need a way to communicate with each other. In addition, the radio frequency spectrum is crowded and additional communication methods are needed to keep up with future needs. With these two ideas, this paper looks into a very new and developing form of communication - visible light communication - to provide an alternative to traditional radio waves for vehicular communication. We analyze the viability of this system as a proof-of-concept for the technology. We also present a design-prototype of a VLC vehicular transmitter and receiver to establish a wireless communication channel. We hope that our work can help provide a foundation for such a system being used in vehicles in a connected network.